A Special Cloud is in Uintah County
There’s a special kind of cloud in Uintah County…and it’s been there for years. What kind of cloud? I had a chance to join Utah Lt. Governor Cox for a tour on a building off the main highway going through the heart of Vernal. From the outside, the building is rather non-descript. We get buzzed in through the doors and find ourselves in a techy lobby with a thick wall of ceiling to floor glass.
Peering through the glass wall you are greeted by a security system that seems straight out of a sci-fi movie. We are greeted by a biometric facial scan that you have to be logged into the system before it'll let you in.
We are there to tour the Strata Networks data center. Our host tells us "this is nothing compared to what it will be.”
Situated right off highway 191 in Vernal, the facility provides phone, TV and high-speed-fiber internet services to about 8,000 square miles of northeastern Utah and northwestern Colorado. An area known as the Uintah Basin.
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